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  1. Kind of an odd question, but I am just getting the displays this week (thanks to some Black Friday savings), and have the whole build in front of me yet. Due to financial limits put on me by my accountant (wife), I need to spread out the spending a bit. So I need to build the cabinet first with the monitors and Pin2DMD, then wait until after Christmas before buying the PC and getting it all set up, and then sometime in spring or early summer, add the DOF toys. What should I account for now in the build from an electronics perspective that will be useful when I get to the DOF stage later on? Basically, I don't want to have to "re-do" or "re-buy" something for DOF because I didn't account for it now. Looking at the standard bits: LED matrix instead of the RGB flasher/strobe "bar" above the rear of the playfield Addressable LED "strips" on the right and left sides of the playfield. 10 contactor setup Knocker Shaker motor wiper motor Undercabinet lighting I'm not looking for a full "how to" as there are threads and discussions about that already out there, but maybe just a quick "account for *this* now" kind of thing. Thanks.
  2. Virtual Pinball Cab 46" / 27" / Dmd

    Looks very nice. MDF is super heavy stuff. I made my 2nd 4 player MAME cabinet out of it, and dang, it is massively heavy. Must be nice to have a CNC at your disposal....
  3. How well would an i5-4570 quad core 3.2GHz CPU with 8GB RAM be good enough to run all of the main systems at full resolution and frame rate? I know that a LOT of this will rely on the graphics card, but I am trying to work on the base computer specs and have access to a computer with the above mentioned CPU and RAM (and 240GB SSD) for next to nothing. That said, if it isn't powerful enough of a base computer, I will scrap the idea and build from the ground up. Thanks.